20-year-old man carrying fishing rod in Lake County struck by lightning during severe storm


LAKE COUNTY, Florida. – Central Florida residents clean up after a weekend of severe storms. In Lake County, emergency responders reported that a man carrying a fishing rod was injured in a lightning strike Saturday night.

News 6 spoke to the 20-year-old’s mother on Monday, who said she couldn’t believe her luck. She said he was already discharged from the hospital and was fine after a close call.

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The 911 call obtained by News 6 reveals the man’s father called Lake County for help. He told dispatchers he went to pick up his son after he was knocked down.

“My son, he had gone fishing earlier and I guess he was on his way home and was struck by lightning,” the father told the dispatch.

The victim’s family said he was only a few blocks from their home near Wilson Parrish Road in Umatilla.

“He called me and said he had just been struck by lightning. I just got him back,” his father said.

The victim’s mother said the fishing rod ended up across the street from where it landed on the ground. When his family called 911, they told dispatchers he was alert and breathing.

Lake County emergency officials said the man was taken to the hospital out of an abundance of caution.

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